The Northern Territory news Mon 16 Mar 2020
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38 SPORT MONDAY MARCH 16 2020 NTNE01Z01MA - V1 Tipungwuti steers Eagles to triumph GREY MORRIS RANKU did a Nightcliff on Bathurst Island yesterday when they beat the Tapalinga Superstars in the Tiwi Island Football League grand final. The Eagles grabbed their first back-to-back flags with ta comprehensive 12.14 (86) to 9.8 (62) win in front of 3200 fans at Wurrumiyanga on Bathurst Island. The game again lived up to all the pre-match hype, despite visiting spectator re strictions due to the threat of the worldwide coronavirus. Visiting media were the only non-islanders at the game, with Bathurst locals joined in big numbers by their Melville Island neighbours. League spokesman Willie Rioli said medical people were on hand to check fans arriving by air for possible fluctuating temperatures and asking them if they were feeling OK. That was before they set foot on the island, which was great in terms of preventing any potential health problems, Rioli said. But we were totally prepared for anything that was not normal and for the island people that was important because of their continued passion for their game. Ranku led at every change, stretching their lead out to 30 points at three quarter-time before the Superstars staged a last term revival. They closed to within 12 points with plenty of time left before Brother Pye medallist Ian Tipungwuti took charge and steered the Eagles home to wild celebrations from the large contingent of fans in blue and yellow. The goals were shared by players from both sides, but a 45-year-old in Ranku colours captured the publics attention with a brace of goals. Graham Aeroplane Puruntatameri, the former Imalu Tiger, Waratah, Tiwi Bombers and Wanderers for ward, added to his 45 goals from the minor rounds that won him the prestigious David Kantilla trophy for the leagues leading goalkicker. Rioli said the game was played in great spirit, despite the number of big hits and bumps that come with the premiership decider. Rankus Canice Tipuamantumirri won the Ted Whitten Medal in Thursdays vote count to complete a winning double for the leagues new powerhouse. Rankus Rupert Pupangamirri and Terry Fernando at the forefront of the Eagles celebrations after the Tiwi Islands Football League grand final Picture: CHE CHORLEY Pirates rally after break to beat Dragons NATHANIEL CHAMBERS Uni No.10 Robbie Butcher ST MARYS have won the NTFLs under-18 flag after their comprehensive 40-point win over Wanderers in Saturdays grand final. The Saints kicked two goals to nothing in the first quarter and four goals to one in the last in their 10.14 (74) to 5.4 (34) UNIVERSITY Pirates playing-coach Robbie Butcher was proud of his sides ability to address early issues and pull ahead of Darwin Dragons 22-15 in Round 4 of the Darwin A-grade rugby union season. It was Butcher who started it all, scoring the first try of the match off the back of strong early pressure from his men. But the remainder of the opening half was all Dragons, with big winger Douglas Bush racing down the wing for their first and Hirini Murfitt finishing a strong period of attack for their second. A Nigel Maher penalty saw Dragons go into the half with their lead out to beyond a score. University regathered themselves in the second half and despite strong defensive sets from their Darwin opponents they managed to score two more through Joshua Hall and Watisoni Bativou. Pirates flanker Ryan Oakley had a great game, winning his side plenty of ball. Butcher scored a penalty of his own to push his side further ahead allowing his side to remain unbeaten so far this season. We were up against it in the first half, our discipline was letting us down at times there, Butcher said. But we addressed that at the half and with our discipline under control we managed to get some proper time on the ball. Our lineout was on fire and our tight five did well for us in the scrum which gave us plenty of go forward through the game. Dragons coach Puru Westrupp was disappointed with the loss but was able to draw plenty of positives from the opening half. Our conditioning let us down in the end, but everyone put their hand up today and put in the work, he said. In the other A-grade match, Casuarina managed a big 34-5 win over Palmerston with Cooper Segeyaro scoring two tries. But Palmerstons B-grade side beat the Cougars 81-0, Anthony Smith scoring five tries. Hale strikes gold in first year in charge as Saints brush aside Wanderers win. Midfielder Tom Barrett won the Haritos Medal as the best player on the ground. For first time coach Robert Hale was convinced before the game his sides rotations and midfield depth would hurt Wanderers. We just spread the footy, used it well and the results are there, Hale said. It would have been nice if we kicked straighter, but it is what is and well take it. Hale was ecstatic after getting his hands around some silverware at his first journey to the coachs box. Im super rapt, he said. Weve got about 10 players moving up to Premier League next season so Im pretty excit ed about what is coming through the club. Minor premiers Wanderers won the Under-16 Hickman flag when they beat St Marys by 31 points. Kain Fuller won the Jeffrey Medal as the best player on the ground, and Normy Tipiloura and Anthony Puruntatameri booted three goals for the Ea gles. Southern Districts and Waratah were crowned Under-14 Lew Fatt and Gundersen premiers. Districts beat Banks in a two-point thriller, Dan Murphy claiming the Damasao Medal and Waratah beat Nightcliff Black by four goals, Tahs Oliver Poulson claiming the Shaw Medal. GREY MORRIS
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